General Information

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Hawaii's College Savings Program

Hawaii's College Savings Program switched program managers in November 2007 from Delaware Investments to Upromise Investments, Inc., which was acquired by Ascensus College Savings in 2013. The program uses Vanguard Funds in its age-based option, four multi-fund fixed options, and four individual-fund options. Accounts can be linked to the Upromise rewards service.

Our Ratingx

2.5 of 5

Fee Scorex

1.5 of 5

Performancex

3.5 of 5
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  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2002, but substantially changed in November 2007
  • State agency
    Hawaii Department of Budget and Finance and its Director of Finance
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Ascensus College Savings, with The Vanguard Group as investment manager
  • Program distributor
    Ascensus College Savings

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for HI residents

This is a very good program that offers valuable benefits but may have some limitations or concerns that investors need to know.

Our overall rating for non-residents

This is a program that will work for many people who fit the "target" profile but contains potentially significant problems or uncertainties that can hurt the unsuspecting investor.

Savingforcollege.com's 5-Cap Ratings provides an evaluation and comparison of 529 plans, utilizing a formula that examines dozens of factors grouped into the following categories.


3.37of 5

Each plan's performance score is developed directly from Savingforcollege.com's Quarterly 529 Performance Rankings. A 529 savings plan must have at least one year of performance history before they will be assigned a 5-cap rating. For those plans that are not part of our quarterly performance rankings, such as plans offering a single set of bank-based investment options, we assign a performance score by evaluating the returns currently available on similar types of investments outside of 529 plans.

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

Did you know?

  • 529 plan contributions grow tax-free.

    Withdrawals are tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses.

  • You can contribute as much as you want, as often as you want.

    The key is to get started. Enroll today by completing a quick form online.

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Contributions

Maximum contributions:

Minimum contributions:

Investment Options

Age-based/Enrollment Year investment options:

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Static investment options:

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Underlying fund allocations:

Portfolio Fees & Performance Lookup

Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

Account maintenance fee:

Program management fees:

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Total asset-based expense ratio:

Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filersNone
  • Tax deduction for joint filersNone

Note

Hawaii doesn't offer tax deductions

Program match on contributions:

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

State definition of qualified expenses

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

State tax treatment of rollovers:

Does the sponsoring state exclude the value of an account for state financial aid purposes?

Does participation in the program provide beneficiaries with any advantages in qualifying for resident tuition status at state institutions?

Is there a rewards program or outside scholarship program that works with this program?

Upromise Helps Families Save for College

Statutory protection of an account from creditors:

Did you know?

  • Residents are not limited to investing in their own state's 529 plan.

    Another state may offer a plan that performs better and has lower fees.

  • The 529 plan chosen does not affect which state the student enrolls in.

    You can live in New York, open a plan from Nevada and send a student to college in Florida.

  • The best way to maximize your college savings?

    Start early and save often. You can get started today with easy online enrollment.

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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

Documents, Access & Reporting

Does participant have online password-protected access to account?

Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?

Documents and other services accessible or downloadable on the program's public Web site:

Contact

Website:

Telephone:

Start saving for your child's future today


Step 1

Click the blue Enroll Now button to the right

Step 2

Complete the online application and make your first deposit

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